quasi in rem

Wednesday, May 26, 2004

Richard Clarke, Saudi Lovin Traitor?

I wonder what Micheal Moore would say about this:
Clarke Claims full responsibility for Bin Laden Family Exodus

So who authorized the flights?

"Clarke said, “I take responsibility for it. I don’t think it was a mistake, and I’d do it again.”"

But didn't Bush authorize it????

"“It didn’t get any higher than me,” (Clarke) said. “On 9-11, 9-12 and 9-13, many things didn’t get any higher than me. I decided it in consultation with the FBI.”"

Of course this is not exactly what he said under oath:

"“The request came to me, and I refused to approve it,” Clarke testified. “I suggested that it be routed to the FBI and that the FBI look at the names of the individuals who were going to be on the passenger manifest and that they approve it or not. I spoke with the — at the time — No. 2 person in the FBI, Dale Watson, and asked him to deal with this issue. The FBI then approved … the flight.”"

Clarke added:
"Clarke said yesterday that the furor over the flights of Saudi citizens is much ado about nothing.

“This is a tempest in a teapot,” he said, adding that, since the attacks, the FBI has never said that any of the passengers aboard the flight shouldn’t have been allowed to leave or were wanted for further investigation. "

That Clarke is such a Republican shill!

I bet this doesn;t change a line in Moore's movie though.


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